Why Your Snowboard 180 Spins Aren’t Smooth

Welcome to a new video series where I take footage from my Snomie VIP member’s group and breakdown a key mistake in their technique and how to fix it.

This week we’re looking at 180s!

How to make your 180s buttery smooth and stylish:

Extra notes:

I will say, it’s not strictly *wrong* to use a bit of counter rotation for your spins. However, using counter rotation in spins is slightly more advanced and you want to be able to do 180s with typical upper body leading technique first.

Later as you get better you’ll be able to start mixing in counter rotation with style, but it’s important to know the difference between the rotations and be able to do 180s well with normal upper body leading rotation first.

One other thing I’ll add is that with bs 180s you do want to be careful with where you look. You’ll notice on some of his bs 180s he tried to look forward again as he finished the backside 180 and landed. This leads to overrotation and ideally you want to land any bs 180 spin looking backwards, back up the hill to land.

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– Jed

The Lie About Snowboard Trick Tips

Firstly, hi… I’m still alive, I’ve just been busy behind the scenes with our private snowboard freestyle members answering questions and adding more video tutorials to our members only trick tip tutorial library (if you’re not a member you can check our some free video lessons and join here).

I did record episode 2 of the Snomie podcast, but someone *cough* JP *cough* has a habit of tapping his hand on the mic constantly and I had to scrap that recording due to constant loud tapping sounds throughout the whole podcast, so we’ll be recording that session again.

Anyhow, I thought I’d do a quick blog about a snowboard topic that kind of annoys me… the lie about snowboard trick tips.

Why 9/10 snowboard trick tip videos are worthless

Since I got into the trick tip tutorials niche, I get asked a lot about why I don’t create more advanced trick tip snowboard tutorials beyond our current snowboard trick tip videos on basic tricks.

After all, current members will notice I always stick to the basics in my tutorials.

  • 180s, 360s, basic butters, 50/50s, boardslides

Everything else I teach is just drilling down even more into those tricks and teaching other aspects of snowboard freestyle designed to help you land those basic tricks better.

There’s the reason why… you don’t need advanced trick tutorials and advanced trick tutorials are worthless to 99% of snowboarders learning freestyle.

1) Advanced trick tutorials do nothing for 99% of people who can’t even land consistent 360s

How many people reading this now will benefit from an advanced jib tutorial teaching you how to 270 onto a box, switch up 180, switch up 180, then 270 out of a box? Not many. Most people can’t even land a 360 consistently on a 10 foot jump, much less  do fancy rotation combos on a box.

And yet those type of advanced tutorials are what more and more sites popping up everyday are creating.

They realize that to get more hits, more sales and more traffic, the easy route is creating more trick tip tutorials… but the problem is those tutorials rarely benefit the people watching them.

They watch them and think “That’s cool… but I can’t even do the basic tricks leading up to this yet” or “I want to do that one day, but not yet..” Screw that, what good is wishing you can do something when you’re still struggling with learning the basics.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather learn and focus on basics like 180s and 360s and get that mastered first instead of watching tutorials I can’t use and wishing I could do those bigger tricks.

I’ve probably said it a hundred times on Snomie, but the percentage of freestyle riders who can even land basic tricks consistently is so small that most trick tip videos are just clickbait that won’t help you at all because you’re still struggling with the basic tricks.

2) If you’re ready to do advanced tricks you’ll already know how to do them

Here’s a big thing most beginner freestyle riders don’t realize… everything beyond those basic tricks are just a combination of the same basic tricks.

Want to 270 on and 270 off a box? Great, just start the same technique as a 360 rotation, then land on the box, continue into another 360 at the end of the box… and if you have basic jibs and basic 360 spins mastered I bet you’ll actually be able to land 270s on/off within a day or two of trying them.

You simply don’t need advanced tutorials if you master the basics properly because the basics are what make up every advanced trick and you’ll quickly realize that once you move past a certain level in your snowboarding.

Do you think pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo needs someone to tell him how to add another 180 to his latest trick? Of course not, he takes the same technique he mastered for basic 180s and 360s and puts together another 180 at the end of his current trick.

That’s why advanced trick tip tutorials are useless. The people they are designed for already know how to do the advanced trick and the people who can’t benefit from them are the ones watching them thinking it’ll help them while they still struggle with the basic tricks leading up to the advanced trick.

Why Snomie tutorials refuse to go ‘advanced’

So here’s my goal with trick tip tutorials. I’m not aiming to pump out a ton of tutorials you don’t need. I’m aiming to be laser focused on the basics and combining it with what you need.

The only ‘advanced’ tutorials I want to do are advanced tutorials for mastering BASIC tricks.

For example, with most snowboard spin tutorials, people create them like this:

  1. 180s
  2. 360s
  3. 540s
  4. 720s
  5. etc. etc.

However, number 3, 4 and 5 aren’t useful when most people get stuck at 180s and 360s and just dream about learning those bigger tricks.

Instead, with Snomie tutorials I always aim to build them like this:

  1. Detailed tutorials on basic tricks (eg: 180s/360s)
  2. Advanced tutorials on skills that aid you in mastering basic tricks
  3. Feedback and ability to ask questions on basic tricks
  4. Coaching and rider analysis to get you landing those basic tricks

To me it seems pretty obvious that helping people with the basics is far more important than cranking out another tutorial on an advanced trick that no one is ready to do yet.

If I make a new trick tip video, it always has to pass the test with me. I have to be able to say “Yes, this is a trick tip people will use, not just watch and wish they could do the trick.”

I aim to make it so that when I’m done, you won’t need me anymore because you’ll KNOW how to move on to the advanced tricks. You won’t need that advanced jib tutorial when I’m done because hopefully if I did my job correctly you’ll know how that advanced jib breaks down from your basic tricks.

There’s zero point having 500 advanced trick tip tutorials when 99% of riders can’t use them, so why not focus on actually getting people mastering the trick tip tutorials they do have and master those basics properly.

I’d rather have 1,000 snowboarders able to stomp smooth 360s, then 10,000 snowboarders still stuck on 360s while watching advanced tutorials they can’t do yet.

– Jed

ps – If you are interesting in joining the Snomie Snowboard Trick Secrets member’s area with all our trick tip tutorials and training + coaching, you can get started here with our free snowboard tutorials.

Why I’m Quitting Daily Snowboard Blogging

Yep, you read that right… starting today, I’m quitting daily snowboard blogging.

First, don’t panic. Snomie is not going anywhere, but I’m making some huge changes to how I do things and how this blog is run.

Why change Snomie?

Well Snomie is successful and it brings in a full time white collar income for me, not to mention our traffic is constantly rising each year. However, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect and it doesn’t mean that we’re doing things in a way that benefits the most people.

I started doing daily snowboard tips 2 and a half years ago and just kind of kept doing it because it was working. Our subscribers grew and traffic grew so I kept doing it.

However, if I could do it all over again, I think there are ways to improve on the format to make it more useful and make the quality of the blog better for other snowboarders while still getting the benefit of growth and subscribers.

I’m in a unique situation now where after working on Snomie for 2+ years, I have the time, money, skill and influence to make a difference and to have a positive impact on the snowboard community with what I create and do.

So why not make the best impact I can and help the most snowboarders possible with the most high quality content possible.

Now that said, I do know that a lot of you guys enjoy coming here daily/weekly to read a bunch of short, mini snowboard blogs, but I think our current method has a few issues.

The problems:

Problem 1) I’m repeating too much content

The problem with daily blogs of me answering snowboard questions is that the same questions get asked over and over and I’ve basically briefly covered every snowboard topic possible at some point in the past 2+ years.

It seems kind of silly to keep repeating the same topics without adding anything new and while our newer followers benefit from the topics, I’m sure my older readers get a little bored of reading the same answer over and over.

I don’t want to blog for the sake of blogging if I’ve already covered a topic 500 times already.

Problem 2) It’s hard to be detailed in short blogs

One huge issue I have with doing daily blogs is I don’t get the time required to make them epic and make them detailed tips on each subject.

Having to have the blog done within 1 day means I have to start and finish the blog within a few hours, otherwise I run out of time to get it posted and otherwise I don’t have time to get the other tasks at Snomie handled (such as answering snowboard questions via email, recording/editing trick tip videos etc).

And a huge side effect of that is sometimes short blogs end up being very generic snowboard guides that don’t offer as much value and teaching to other snowboarders as I’d like.

The last thing I want to do is become like ‘Snowboard Pro Camp’ or some other blogs/sites who I’ve seen pump out a lot of generic, low quality snowboard content just to get website hits/video views. It may work for views and traffic, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.

So here’s what’s changing:

Change 1) Less frequent, but more epic snowboard tutorials and guides

Instead of daily mini blogs, I’m going to make snowboard posts less frequently (maybe once every week or fortnight or less), but when I do make a post/update, it’ll be something epic that will be highly worth reading and learning.

This means if I write a tutorial on choosing snowboard boots, it’s going to be the most detailed guide to choosing snowboard boots that you’ll ever find and it’ll have video, illustrations and more.

Or if I choose to explain a snowboard technique, it’ll have step-by-step analysis and video break down of everything.

Basically instead of skimming over the daily Snomie blog and seeing if it’s something useful, I want you to see a new blog on Snomie and immediately think, “Awesome the new Snomie blog is out, I HAVE to read this because it’s going to be an epic guide that teaches me something big.”

I’m going to spend a lot of time carefully crafting, researching and breaking down each snowboard topic so that the final result is some of the most epic snowboard blogs, guides and tutorials that you’ve ever read.

Change 2) Real life mini vlogs

I’ll still do the occasional vlog and mini post, but they’ll become random and fun mini looks into what I’m up to and the adventures I’m having.

So for instance I might do a vlog when I’m eating snake flavoured ice cream in Japan or when I’m back in Whistler hiking for powder or even just mini showcases of the random places I’m staying (like I did with my Korean apartment tour).

Think of it like mini glimpses into my real life while I travel, snowboard and run an online snowboard company. It’ll be my way of staying connected and still being able to say hi once in awhile since I won’t be doing the daily snowboard blogs.

There won’t be any schedule for doing these vlogs, they’ll just kind of happen when I’m doing something interesting.

What’s not changing:

I’ll still answer your emails and snowboard questions, so don’t feel like I won’t be here to answer your questions because I still intend to keep that up.

You can still come say hi and I’ll still respond and still be part of the community. The difference will be that I may not make a public blog with the answer I give you, but you’ll still get my answer and help in private 🙂

So yeah.. big changes, but I think it’s for the better if I want to take Snomie to the next level and really focus on making the best quality content I can create.

– Jed

Where To Look & Focus When Hitting Snowboard Jumps

Today’s reader question:

Where should I look and focus when trying to hit snowboard jumps? I’m doing straight airs (no spin) and I’m not sure where I should be focusing and looking while I hit the jump.

Okay for straight airs it’s relatively straight forward (haha get it? straight forward? oh man, I crack myself up):

The breakdown:

1) Where to look during approach

Your focus should always be on where you are relatively to the lip (end) of the jump take-off when approaching a jump for straight airs.

Straight airs are all about leaving the jump balanced and in control, and the key to doing that is making sure you time your pop to finish just as your board is crossing the lip of the jump.

To do that, you have to pay attention to the lip because you should be watching and waiting for just the right moment to finish your pop and push off both feet just as you leave the lip of the jump. Your entire goal during approach and take-off is staying balanced and timing that pop correctly.

So basically, the entire run-in for a straight air I’m looking at the end of the take-off and thinking in my head, “alright, I’m getting closer to the end of the jump now… okay now it’s almost time to pop…. alright time to pop now.”

Note: Remember, popping is about control, not power. Firm even pressure while pushing off both feet is the key to a good pop.

2) Where to look once in the air

Once in the air, your focus should always be on looking at where the landing is and how close you are to landing because your goal in the air is getting your legs ready to absorb the impact of landing, and absorbing the impact just as you land.

You’ll notice that I talk about timing a lot because timing is basically the glue that holds everything together. If you don’t pay attention to where you are and how close the landing is to you, you won’t be able to bend your legs and absorb the impact of the landing at the right time.

3) Why can’t I focus on the landing in the air?

Not being able to focus on anything while in the air is normal at first. That’s just typical aerial awareness that has to develop over time.

Basically everyone is blind in the air when they first hit jumps, but over time that foggy moment in time starts to get clearer and clearer and you’ll start being able to know where you are in the air.

The key is just doing your best to focus on where the landing is when you’re in the air and with time you’ll find that focusing on the landing because easier and less of a blur and eventually you’ll even able to throw in a grab while spotting the landing in the air.

Hope that helps answer your question.

– Jed

What’s The Best Snowboard Base – Sintered Vs Extruded Bases

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding around snowboard bases and which base does what, so let’s clear it up:

The breakdown:

1) Sintered snowboard base

Unlike what some people may say, most sintered bases are actually more durable than extruded bases. In fact, sintered bases for more durable, faster and on the whole better than extruded snowboard bases.

The only real downside of sintered bases is they’re harder to repair and more expensive to produce, which is why only mid to high end priced snowboards tend to have sintered bases.

However, they are the best base to pick if you had to pick between an extruded or sintered base.

2) Extruded snowboard base

Extruded bases are not as durable as sintered basis, but they’re cheaper to produce and easier to repair. That’s the one advantage of an extruded snowboard base, but otherwise a sintered base has it beat.

3) It’s not a ‘make or break’ feature

There are still great snowboards with extruded bases, even if it is a little slower and less durable than the higher priced sintered base snowboards, so don’t feel like you can’t buy a snowboard just because it has an extruded base.

It comes down to it being nicer and more preferable to have a sintered base, but you can still have great snowboards, such as the Arbor Westmark, which have extruded bases and still kick butt.

Hope that clears up some confusion.

– Jed